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Stephen O'Dor

An early pioneer in Content Delivery Networks, I’ve hosted some of the largest sites on the Internet. Helped Facebook scale one of the fastest growing Messaging platforms. Worked across Amazon’s Internet and networking teams to deliver dashboards for the public AWS console as well as rescue broken internal ones. Currently building the next generation of realtime datalake to control and manage the Internet’s largest network.
I'm passionate about the full Internet service stack, from Bootstrap and Angular through RESTful or GraphQL APIs, optimizing schemas and relational queries, or designing more bespoke services. Certainly no stranger to kernel tuning or just chosing the right hardware for the job. Always excited to try out a new cloud offering, or design purpose-built datacenters and Internetworks.
I champion users and use-cases. I understand their data (and rationalize it). I ensure processes and systems are measured. I look forward to identify goals (and opportunties). I iterate.. frequently.. and, I maintain documents and tools so the next iteration is quicker and easier for all.

Skills.

Systems. Design, development and administration of large scale, reliable, efficient, and preformant distributed systems.
Linux kernel and network performance tuning.
Debian GNU/Linux packaging.
AWS services.
Data. Low latency, large scale, multi-tenant database design, tuning, and operations for a variety of common open source data platforms, including:
RDBMS (PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite),
Streaming (Kafka),
Distributed (Presto, Spark).
Internet. High performance and large scale configurations, as well code-level design and modification of common Internet service daemons, including:
HTTP (Squid, Nginx, Apache, Varnish),
DNS (PowerDNS, DJBDNS, Bind),
SMTP (Exim, Postfix),
RTSP (Darwin).
Programming. Expertise in Python, Ruby, Perl, C/C++, Shell, PL/(pg)SQL.
Experienced in Java, PHP, JavaScript.
Extensive network sockets and distributed systems concepts.
Web portals with JQuery or Angular, and server side RESTful APIs.
Networking. Internetworking, firewalling, VPN, DDoS, and security concepts.
Cisco IOS/CATOS, Juniper, BSD and Linux based routers, switches and firewalls.
BGP configuration and administration.
Publishing. Authoring HTML / CSS (Bootstrap)
Adobe Creative Suite.
Apple QuickTime (Compressor).
LaTeX.

Employment.

Amazon.
Fall 2016.
Systems Development Engineer/
Started as a senior member of the DDoS Response Team for AWS Shield. Mentored junior developers and oversaw development of web based tooling as well as automation systems for rapid-response to attacks targeting Amazon and AWS customers. Led development of the AWS Console’s Threat Environment Dashboard, a cross-team effort to surface a customer’s own DDoS events in their AWS wide context.

Later joined a new Internet Operations team to spear-head instrumentation and automation of Internet Peering at AWS. Drove end-to-end process and data normalization across multiple internal organizations and the numerous global teams involved in network capacity planning, business development, ordering, delivery and operations. Made Public Peering at Internet Exchanges a possibility for AWS, after years of error prone and embarrassingly manual processes had to be be halted. Public IX capacity now represents a significant portion of AWS network capacity and is both better performing and lower-cost.

Recently started championing realtime (sub-second) network metrics with another new team whose mandate is standardizing the network alerts data-plane and ingestion of related data schemas for all network devices from the datacenter network substrate to the Internet’s edge. This pipeline is at the heart of delivering customer trust through operational transparency for the entire AWS network, whose scale and complexity defies traditional network management approaches and requires specialized dynamic software control systems.

Facebook.
Fall 2014 - Spring 2016.
Production Engineer/
Worked on the realtime infrastructure for Facebook Messenger. Hybrid software/systems engineer working on the massive infrastructure necessary to run 800 million monthly active users. Bridged the gap between various software feature teams and various infrastructure teams. Primarily delivered operational and efficiency improvements using in-house systems for managing linux containers, monitoring services, deployment and development automation. Helped migrate to an improved message store. Moved fast, and helped prevent things from being broken.
Astute Hosting.
Fall 2010 - Fall 2014.
Partner/
Built the website, management portal and a set of integrated hosting services for expert customers with a mid-size online presence. Services included: Anycast DNS, Content Delivery, NFS Storage, Monitoring and Network Automation.
Peer 1 Hosting.
Fall 2008 - Fall 2010.
Development Manager.
Led four member team supporting and improving systems for the Network and Colocation division. Including the expansion of the Mercury portal to include power/cooling capacity planning and cabinet inventory, work orders/ticketing integration (Request Tracker) and a multi-vendor supported TACACS with command authorization based on Active Directory authentication.
Peer 1 Network.
Spring 2003 - Fall 2008.
System Engineer.
Principle systems architect and maintainer of the RapideEdge technology and related Content Delivery, SuperDNS, Network Monitoring and customer portal products and systems in a 2 continent, 15 city, 1000+ device network.
University of British Columbia.
Spring 2002.
Teaching Assistant.
Assisting in-class discussions and activities as well as marking essays and lab reports for a unique third year control systems course with the Integrated Sciences program. Had been so impressed by that course that I came back to help teach it the next year!
Look Communications Inc.
Spring 2000 - Fall 2000.
Systems Architect.
Design and maintenance of national mail, DNS, web hosting and authentication systems for a 200,000+ account ISP, formed from the merger of Canada Internet Direct and Look Communications.
Digital Environments Inc.
Summer 1999 - Spring 2000.
Partner.
Home automation technology venture, funded through on and off-site consulting for clients ranging from training to database design. Survived long enough to produce an Internet ready home control system prototype.
Canada Internet Direct Ltd.
Fall 1997 - Summer 1999.
Software Engineer.
Programmer on in-house developed customer service and accounting system; Oracle with Web and Win32 frontend reporting and account management tools. Had to quickly switch from an old MSDOS based accounting system as we grew to a 40,000+ subscriber dialup business.
De Facto Networking Services.
Winter 1995 to Fall 1996.
Partner.
Partner in a part-time computer consulting company targeting LAN installations and intranet software development. Far more interesting than returning to engineering school (which is what I was supposed to be doing at the time).
Canada Internet Direct Ltd.
Fall 1995 to Fall 1997.
Support Technician.
Developed dialup scripts for various platforms (Windows, Unix, Mac OS and OS/2); Wrote support documentation and anything that made the task of telephone support less painful.
Atlantic LRMI.
Summer 1995.
Developer.
Developed an in-house application for time/project management. Used MS Visual Basic to link MS Project with an Oracle database. Most painful programming experience ever.
Dalhousie University.
Summer 1994.
Student Intern.
Produced 3D animations of aquatic animal movements from field tracking data. Got my name printed in Nature Magazine.
Vemco Ultrasonics.
Summer 1993.
Developer.
Developed a program and algorithm for resolving 3D position from marine ultrasonic telemetry data.

Education.

University of British Columbia.
2000-2002.
Bachelor of Science.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science.
Langara College.
1996-1997.
Arts and Science.
Part time study.
University of British Columbia.
1993-1995.
Engineering Major.
Two years of engineering.
Halifax Grammar School.
1988-1993.
High School.
Small classes, great education.

Other.

Father of two. 
Avid player of pen + paper role playing games. 
Shad Valley entrepreneur. 
Founding editor of high school newspaper.
Member of Scouts Canada for ten years.
French immersion schooling.
High school jazz and woodwind ensembles: saxophone and bassoon.
Canada Winter Games athlete: fencing.